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West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (31 August - 6 September 2021)

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NIGER

CHOLERA KILLS 120 PEOPLE

As of 6 September, 3,479 cholera cases have been recorded across the country, including 120 deaths. At present, women account for 54 per cent of total cases. The cholera epidemic first broke out in the central regions of Tahoua, Maradi, and Zinder, before spreading to the western regions of Dosso, Tillabéri, and Niamey. Maradi region is among the most affected with 2,030 cases, followed by Tahoua region with 678 cases and Zinder region with 458 cases. The case fatality rate is four per cent. Humanitarian medical partners are responding to the epidemic through the management and treatment of cases, the strengthening of surveillance activities, and the pre-positioning of cholera control supplies.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

ABOUT 28,000 PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FLOODS

On 5 September, heavy rains flooded parts of the Yata site in Birao town in Vakaga prefecture in the north, where about 5,300 internally displaced people live. At least 131 shelters were destroyed, and recently distributed food assistance was damaged.
Humanitarian actors are supporting the relocation of those most affected, building dikes to limit flood risks, and preparing to distribute relief items. In the Nana-Outa commune, on the Kaga-Bandoro – Ouandago axis, heavy floods led to the collapse of 193 shelters, affecting about 1,000 people since August. Displaced people have found refuge with host families or have built makeshift shelters. Humanitarian actors are mobilizing to provide assistance. Since the beginning of the year, floods have affected about 28,000 people across the country. The most affected areas include Vakaga prefecture, Lobaye prefecture in the South, Ouham, Nana-Gribizi, and Haute-Kotto prefecture in the centre, and the capital Bangui and adjacent

CAMEROON

OVER 2,400 PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FLOODS IN MAYO-SAVA DIVISION

As of 6 September, heavy rains and floods have affected more than 2,400 people, destroying more than 360 houses, several bridges and roads, and killing three people in the Mayo-Sava division, in the Far North region. Due to the silting up of cultivated areas and strong rise in water levels, over 700 hectares of land have been destroyed, and more than 430 cattle have died, which could worsen the food security situation in the area. Humanitarian actors provided psychosocial support, water, sanitation, hygiene support, non-food items, and food assistance to those affected by the floods.

GHANA

FLOODS KILL AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE IN THE NORTHEAST

Heavy rains and floods in the northeast region claimed at least five lives. On 28 August, three people died in Chereponi district and on 26 August two people died while attempting to cross a swollen river in Bunkpurugu Nakpanduri district. Additionally, three people were killed in lightning strikes.
Flooding has also affected the northern region capital of Tamale, damaging homes and displacing people. Recent floods in the north and northeast regions follow those in the upper west and upper east, which destroyed houses and roads in August, and particularly in Bongo District, leaving communities isolated. On 25 August, in the Ashanti region in the south, one person was rescued after floods swept through the southern capital Kumasi.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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